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Poll: Palin Helps Obama Pull Ahead in Colorado

Posted on Sep 23, 2008
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Barack Obama is depending more and more on a Rocky Mountain victory and, according to a new poll, Sarah Palin may have just given him a boost there. It seems the Alaska governor’s growing unpopularity among independent voters has helped Obama to a seven-point lead in the Centennial State.

A separate Quinnipiac poll, also released Tuesday, shows Obama with a four-point lead in Colorado.

(Both polls via Political Wire)

PPP Poll:

A precipitous drop in Sarah Palin’s approval may be helping to fuel Obama’s gains. Immediately after the convention 41% of Colorado voters said that her selection made them more likely to vote for John McCain, compared to 38% who said it made them less likely to do so. Since then there’s been a 12 point drop in her net favorability. Now just 38% say that she makes them more likely to vote for the Republican, with 47% saying they’re less likely to do so.

“Barack Obama has greatly increased his lead with independents since we last polled Colorado,” said Dean Debnam, President of Public Policy Polling. “It seems like the more voters have learned about Sarah Palin the less they’ve liked her, and that’s allowed Obama to open up the largest lead he’s shown in a PPP poll of Colorado.”

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By 19 - 24 point margins, voters in Colorado, Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin say Democrat Barack Obama, not Republican John McCain, is the candidate of change, helping lift Sen. Obama into the lead in these battleground states, according to four simultaneous Quinnipiac University polls of likely voters in these battleground states, conducted in partnership with The Wall Street Journal and and released today.

More voters in each state also would rather see Democratic vice presidential candidate Sen. Joseph Biden become President, even though voters in each state say Sen. McCain’s selection of Gov. Sarah Palin as running mate is a good choice. Sen. Obama has double-digit leads among women in every state except Minnesota, where his six-point lead leaves him with only a two-point edge among all voters.

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By SciGuy, September 24, 2008 at 11:13 am Link to this comment
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The next meltdown will take place in food and pharmaceuticals.  They’ve been “deregulating” the FDA for years by slowly, steadily drawing down the budget.  The result?  Establishment Inspections (of manufacturing facilities) is a fraction of what they were under previous administrations (R and D, alike) and we’re seeing, with the recent spate of poisoned drugs and E coli-tainted vegetables, the first omens of what’s coming down the pike.  Let’s see how long it’ll take for ‘em to ignore this “bubble.”

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By VietnamVet, September 24, 2008 at 10:58 am Link to this comment

Is there anyone out there that can point to one single qualification that she has for the VP office, a heart beat away from the President’s office? Offices like that should not be filled by novices that are crammaing and will be on OJT for the foreseeable future. The lady makes Dan Quayle look like a real statesman! What does it take for people to look at situations from an analytical viewpoint, not just some superficial thing like that bridge to nowhere!

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By leighg1, September 24, 2008 at 7:23 am Link to this comment
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I agree with Bobz that McCain is like brain dead on economy. The problem is not that he has no mental power at this age to deal with the complex of financial market, not his historical lack of interests in economy, but more of his fundamental thinking of deregulation that got us this far. He even intended to deregulate the health insurance/ social securities in this country. How scary! He can care less because of his money, but we little guys cannot. Besides, his presidency would guarantee another new war in the making, that’s his real interests after all. Remember the excitement he showed when George/Russia were in conflict? He rolled up his sleeves by instinct.

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By Tony Wicher, September 23, 2008 at 6:54 pm Link to this comment

I’m still looking for a 60-40 landslide. If Reagan could do it, we can do it!

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By cycle3man, September 23, 2008 at 5:39 pm Link to this comment
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Anti-Palin Rally in Alaska Draws 1400

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By cyrena, September 23, 2008 at 1:54 pm Link to this comment

Well, this can be thought of as some comfort I suppose. I’m generally careful with polls, because I’m not sure how valid they can be with technology that eliminates such a large portion of the electorate from the polling process. I don’t know if they have a way to account for that, or just sweep it up in the margins.

Still, if this is any indication that American’s are starting to pay attention, (and it’s taken this latest crash to apparently do that) then I guess that’s a good thing.

I still can’t figure out why it took this long for more to recognize the pure cynicism that the repugs are displaying in throwing her out there like they did, KNOWN BY NONE!! I mean, that’s the same as literally spitting in our faces. The contempt in such a thing is nearly visceral. But amazingly, there must be some Americans who don’t see it that way.

Maybe now that everyone sees how really awful she is, there’s a change in the thought pattern. That’s actually a good sign.

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By wish i knew, September 23, 2008 at 12:52 pm Link to this comment

@ BobZ
McCain bowed to neocon pressure on too many fronts to count - this one is just the most damning in the public arena. And it’s about freakin time people wake the hell up.
The only things he didn’t have to bow to are the ridiculous neocon ideals he already held LIKE DEREGULATION.

And yes, I am totally with you: “Treasury Secretary Gramm” is currently a giant monster in my closet that is preparing to bust out and kill me in my sleep.

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By BobZ, September 23, 2008 at 12:35 pm Link to this comment

Although the potential economic calamity has now overshadowed Palin’s celebrity, the continuing negative news coming out about her makes it clear McCain did not vette her and just bowed to neocon pressure. Last Monday changed this election. Obama would have to screw up big time now to blow this election. McCain has proven at least three times in the last week that he is clueless and brain dead to boot. Palin is now a drag on the ticket, and she is coming across as just plain silly. McCain’s calls for all this deregulation are now biting him in the a—big time. The thought of Phil Gramm becoming Treasury Secretary should truly scare the hell out of all of us. As one commentator said last week, this is what happens when you have a bunch of regulators who don’t want to regulate.

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